Friday 7 June 2013

The Breeders Celebrate Last Splash With Giggles

Twenty years ago Kim Deal proved there was a life after Pixies and dropped Last Splash with her band The Breeders. Especially 'Cannonball' left a big impression and is still one of the anthems of that generation. Now the band is celebrating with a deluxe re-release of the album packed with extras and a tour.

The Breeders At Paradiso, June 3 2013

After the CBC gig a few days ago, this was another trip down memory lane. The ladies look a bit bigger than they used to, but are in a great mood. They are smiling throughout the whole show and are delighted to see so many people showing up to their party. They are playing an integral version of the famous album, which means 'Cannonball' is already the second song on the set list. It's also a song that's not really illustrative for the whole record, that's actually a bit more tough to swallow. Especially when played as a whole, including all the small bits and short songs like 'S.O.S.' and closer 'Roi (reprise)'. Some things haven't changed at all: the vocals aren't exactly spot on and the band is playing far from tight. They were never the tightest band to begin with and it actually adds to the image of the band.

The ladies look like they were watching Oprah just before the show and didn't have time to change. The plentiful mistakes are laughed at and sometimes a look from another band member is enough for them to start giggling. This may seem cute in the beginning, but is getting a bit too much on the far end. Also the breaks in between songs are quite long, where they spend a lot of time fiddling around with their instruments and amps. Sometimes an uncooperative instrument or device causes a confused look as if they are on a stage for the first time and have no idea how to work the equipment. The show doesn't get a chance to really take off this way.

But at other times it's clear why this band and album were so meaningful. Of course during the big hit 'Cannonball', but also when they perform songs like 'Flipside' and 'Saints'. After playing the album they take a short break and come back for two encores with a few more of their hits including the great 'Safari'. The celebrated album itself still is a monument in music history without a doubt. But the way it was performed was a bit too cheesy from time to time. It didn't really do justice to the status of the record. Still it was a fun night out and an enjoyable celebration, but nothing spectacular like the guest of honour itself, Last Splash.

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01. New Year
02. Cannonball
03. Invisible Man
04. No Aloha
05. Roi
06. Do You Love Me Now?
07. Flipside
08. I Just Wanna Get Along
09. Mad Lucas
10. Divine Hammer
11. S.O.S.
12. Hag
13. Saints
14. Drivin' on 9 (Ed's Redeeming Qualities cover)
15. Roi (Reprise)
Encore 1
16. Shocker in Gloomtown (Guided by Voices cover)
17. Head To Toe
18. Happiness is a Warm Gun (The Beatles cover)
19. Safari
20. Oh!
21. Lime House
Encore 2
22. Iris
23. Don't Call Home

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